American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Sadness over the evils of the world, especially as an expression of romantic pessimism.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Literally, world-pain, or world-woe; weariness of life in general; in particular, a sentimental melancholy or pessimism; Wertherism.
- n. sadness on thinking about the evils of the world
- German : Welt, world; see Weltanschauung + Schmerz, pain (from Middle High German smërze, from Old High German smerzo). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Shaking off what in more amusing circumstances could be called Weltschmerz, I heaved myself into a sitting posture and said, 'Big animal, just behind right ear.”
“This poet was the Russian spokesman of the so-called Weltschmerz (world-sorrow) which had come into vogue with the”
“Goethe has called the Weltschmerz, and in which the concentrated sorrow of the world seemed suddenly to lie heavy upon him.”
“Disenchantment of life, or "Weltschmerz," became a fashionable malady.”
“For two years in the midst of my distress over the poverty which, thus suddenly driven into my consciousness, had become to me the "Weltschmerz," there was mingled a sense of futility, of misdirected energy, the belief that the pursuit of cultivation would not in the end bring either solace or relief.”
“The troubles confided to these private pages were not due to compunction for anything she had done, nor were they caused by any particular event; they expressed simply a general discontent with herself and a kind of Weltschmerz not uncommon in a young and thoughtful mind.”
“Over on ITV, presenter Adrian Chiles was full of it; Schadenfreude, that is, with a touch of Angst and a sprinkling of Weltschmerz thrown in.”
“This one makes gets me feeling the Weltschmerz all over again: a battle (to the death?) for second place.”
“Clearly, González Iñárritu knows his Weltschmerz, and he burrows deep into the existential loneliness of each character to create a kaleidoscope of cumulative human sadness and grief over the state of the world.”
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